Thursday, September 26, 2002
LADBROKES PRICES FOR ASCOT TOMORROW & ANTE-POST
3.45 Ascot - Brunswick Handicap, 6f
16 Madame Boulangere
12 Pic Up Sticks
14 Jonny Ebeneezer
10 Mr Toad
20 Nemo Fugat
7 Green Lane
25 Tumbleweed Charm
12 Night Runner
33 Master Robbie
10 Magic Glade
12 Million Percent
33 Red Opal
50 Semper Paratus
TOTE TRIFECTA HANDICAP
7f, Ascot, Saturday 28th Sept 2002
6 Demonstrate, 11 One More Round, 12 Polar Ben, 14 True Night, 14 Mr Mahoose, 14 Royal Millennium, 8 Wixoe Express, 16 Gateman, 16 Inchdura, 16 Millennium Force, 16 Mister Cosmi, 18 Pablo, 20 Bouncing Bowdler, 20 Certain Justice, 20 Lunar Leo, 20 Ratio, 20 Scotty's Future, 20 Surprise Encounter, 20 from 25 Kool, 22 Thihn, 25 Colisay, 25 Mine, 25 Nose The Trade, 25 Serieux, 25 Takes Tutu, 28 Eljohar, 33 Aldora, 33 Ceepio, 33 Digital, 33 Enchanted, 33 Give Back Calais, 33 Grizedale, 33 J R Stevenson, 33 Lord Protector, 40 Albashoosh, 40 Cashmere, 40 Falcon Hill,40 Impeller, 40 Kareeb, 40 Pie High, 50 Definite Guest, 66 Mutawaqed, 66 Taranaki, 66 Welsh Wind
PRIX DE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE
1m 4f, Longchamp, Sunday 6th October 2002
2 Sulamani, 5/2 High Chaparral, 8 Islington, 8 Marienbard, 10 Aquarelliste, 10 Manhatten Café, 16 Asian Heights, 16 Falbrav, 25 Ana Marie, 33 Anabaa Blue, 33 Boreal, 33 Paolini, 40 Califet, 40 High Pitched, 40 Millenary
SAGITTA 2000 GUINEAS
1m, Newmarket, Saturday 3rd May 2003
7/1 Almushahar, 10 Trade Fair, 12 Refuse To Bend, 16 Maghanim, 16 Statue Of Liberty, 16 Van Nistelrooy, 20 Elusive City, 20 Muqbil, 25 Dublin, 25 Hold That Tiger, 25 Tomahawk, 33 Saturn*, 33 Spartacus, 33 Surbiton, 33 Western Diplomat, 33 Zafeen, 40 Bourbonnais, 40 Country Reel, 40 Helm Bank, 40 Snipewalk, 40 Tycoon Hall, 40 Pakhoes, 50 Apex Star, 50 Mister Links
* Saturn is also given a 33/1 quote for the Derby
SAGITTA 1000 GUINEAS
1m, Newmarket, Sunday 4th May 2003
5/2 Russian Rhythm, 12 Six Perfections, 16 Soviet Song, 20 Ego, 20 Geminiani, 20 Walayef, 25 Intercontinental, 25 Nayzak, 25 Reach For The Moon, 25 Summitville, 33 Cassis, 33 Echoes In Eternity, 33 Hi Dubai, 33 Quiet Storm, 40 Billbill, 40 Duty Paid, 40 Londonnetdotcom, 40 Medeena, 40 Wimple
1m 1f, Newmarket, Sat 5th Oct 2002
8 Funfair, 12 Beauchamp Pilot, 12 Far Lane, 14 Lady Bear, 16 Unshakable, 20 Atlantic Ace, 20 Counsel's Opinion, 20 Divine Task, 20 Heretic, 20 I Cried For You, 20 Jabaar, 20 Kirovski, , 20 Lingo, 20 Persian Lass, 20 Smirk, 20 Whaleef, 20 Wixoe Express, 20 from 25 Judge Davison, 20 from 25 Vicious Knight, 25 Bourgainville, 25 Contract, 25 Dream Magic, 25 Eljohar, 25 Faithful Warrior, 25 Father Thames, 25 Forbearing, 25 Muchea, 25 Norton, 25 Pagan Dance, 25 Takes Tutu, 25 Thihn, 25 True Night, 25 Vicious Warrior, 25 Whitewater Boy, 25 Zonergem, 33 Astrocharm, 33 Bestam, 33 Champions Lodge, 33 Chivalry, 33 Courageous Duke, 33 Danelor, 33 Duke Of Modena, 33 Finished Article, 33 Heemanela, 33 Ionian Spring, 33 Jokesmith, 33 Man O'Mystery, 33 Maumee, 33 Morro Castle, 33 Nadour Al Bahr
2m2f, Newmarket, Sat 19th October 2002
5 Tees Components, 10 Conquestadora, 12 Distant Prospect, 14 Hugs Dancer, 14 Mesmeric, 14 Palua, 14 Taffrail, 16 Bourgeois, 16 Double Honour, 16 Greenhope, 16 Guard Duty, 16 Hawkwind, 16 Mana D'argent, 16 Random Quest, 16 Ranville, 16 Riyadh, 16 Wintertide, 20 Coco Loco, 20 Direct Bearing, 20 Establishment, 20 Missouri, 20 Rapid Deployment, 20 Reviewer, 25 Alberich, 25 Archduke Ferdinand, 25 Balladeer, 25 Callisto, 25 First Ballot, 25 Hambleden, 25 Jasmick, 25 Miss Fara, 25 Rahwaan, 25 Trained Bythe Best, 25 Wave Of Optimism, 33 Alcazar, 33 Allez Mousson, 33 Churlish Charm, 33 Citrine, 33 Domenico, 33 Dubai Seven Stars, 33 L'evangile, 33 Turtle Valley, 33 Valdesco
RESULTS OF TODAY'S JOCKEY CLUB DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE HEARINGS
Panel: Lord Halifax (Chairman), Alastair Macdonald-Buchanan and Stephen Webb
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 26th September 2002, held an enquiry to establish whether or not Jamie Spencer, the rider of BOREAS, had committed a breach of Rule 153(iii) of the Rules of Racing, in the light of Jockey Club Instruction H9 headed 'Use of the Whip', concerning his use of the whip when riding in the GNER Doncaster Cup at Doncaster on 12th September 2002. This matter was referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club by the Doncaster Stewards following their enquiry of the same day because Spencer had been suspended from riding for 15 days for mis-use of the whip within the previous twelve months.
The Committee considered evidence from Spencer. It also viewed video recordings of the race.
The Committee accepted an admission from Spencer that he was guilty of improper riding and in breach of Jockey Club Instruction H9 headed 'Use of the Whip' in that he used his whip with excessive force and with his whip arm above shoulder height.
Taking into account that Spencer had been suspended for 15 days since 29th September 2001, it suspended him from riding for 16 days, of which 3 will be deferred until 4th January 2003. The suspension will commence on Friday 4th October to Friday 18th October on days on which flat racing is scheduled to take place.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 26th September 2002, held an enquiry to establish whether or not Fran Ferris, the rider of DECEITFUL, had committed a breach of Rule 153(iii) of the Rules of Racing, in the light of Jockey Club Instruction H9 headed 'Use of the Whip', concerning his use of the whip when riding in the Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons Ladies Day Stakes at Doncaster on 12th September 2002. This matter was referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club by the Doncaster Stewards following their enquiry of the same day because Ferris had been suspended from riding for 17 days for mis-use of the Whip within the previous twelve months.
The Committee considered evidence from Ferris. It also viewed video recordings of the race.
The Committee accepted an admission from Ferris that he was guilty of improper riding and in breach of Jockey Club Instruction H9 headed 'Use of the Whip' in that he used his whip with excessive force.
Taking into account that Ferris had been suspended for 17 days since 24th September 2001, it suspended him from riding for 18 days, of which 3 will be deferred until 4th January 2003. The suspension will commence on Friday 4th October to Monday 21st October on days on which flat racing is scheduled to take place.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club held an enquiry on 26th September 2002 to consider whether or not Anthony Jones, a licensed trainer, had committed a breach of Rule 220 (vii) (a) of the Rules of Racing, in the light of the undertaking on Pages 6 and 5 respectively of his Application for the Renewal of his trainer's Licence 2000/2001 and 2001/2002, in that by failing to honour payment of wages to Mr K M Mitchard, a stable employee, on numerous occasions between 23rd August 2000 and 27th November 2001 he was not complying with the "Terms and Conditions of Service in Stables" as laid down in Jockey Club Instruction A6.
The Committee also considered whether or not Jones had committed a breach of Rule 195 (e), in respect of his failure to pay Mr Mitchard the £30 and £180 respectively he was owed from Jones' yard's Stable Percentage Money for the periods ending 4th August 2001 and 19th November 2001.
Having considered the evidence, including a statement from Jones, who was legally represented, the Committee accepted an admission from him that he was in breach of Rules 220 (vii) (a) and 195 (e).
It imposed a fine of £950 in respect of the breach of Rule 220 (vii) (a) and Rule 195 (e).
FOURTEEN NOMINATED TO BREEDERS' CUP STEEPLECHASE
Fourteen horses, including the previous two winners of the race, were nominated Tuesday to the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (Gr. I) which will be run Oct. 19 at the Far Hills Races in Far Hills, N.J.
All Gong, the 2000 Breeders' Cup winner, and Quel Senor, the 2001 victor, headline a list that also includes Grade I winners It's A Giggle, Zabenz and Anofferucantrefuse, and English-based horse Indalo. Entries close Oct. 15 for the 2 5/8-mile race, the richest steeplehcase in North America. The Breeders' Cup highlights a $500,000 championship day of steeplechasing at Far Hills, and will be broadcast on NTRA 2Day at the Races on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20.
"Any time you can get the last two winners of a race and Grade I winners like It's A Giggle together, you've got an interesting race," said National Steeplechase Association director of racing Bill Gallo. "The foreign interests of Zabenz, who just beat some of our best horses at Saratoga, and the English horse Indalo really help add to the potential."
Last year, Quel Senor won the race for hometown owners Guy Torsilieri, Carl Torsilieri and Orlando DiRienzo but the 7-year-old is winless in three starts this year. Trained in Maryland by Tom Voss, French-bred Quel Senor hasn't run since May but was among the entries in Saturday's $30,000 Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs near Baltimore.
Two years ago, Calvin Houghland's All Gong triumphed in the first Breeders' Cup Steeplechase since 1993 and used the race as a springboard to the Eclipse Award as North America's champion steeplechaser. Last year, the English-bred fell heavily in the Breeders' Cup, and finished second in his remaining five starts. Trained in Pennsylvania by Bruce Miller, the 8-year-old began 2002 with an 11th-place finish in Japan's international Nakayama Grand Jump but won his only U.S. start (the Grade I Iroquois) in May.
The returning champions won't have it easy.
Bill Pape's It's A Giggle, the leader among U.S. steeplechasers with $172,620 earned this year goes after his fourth stakes win of 2002 for trainer Jonathan Sheppard. It's A Giggle won the Grade I Royal Chase at Keeneland in May and took the Grade II A.P. Smithwick at Saratoga in August.
Done in by soft turf in Saratoga's New York Turf Writers Cup, the 8-year-old looks to make amends. A son of Northern Baby, It's A Giggle spent September in Saratoga while training with Breeders' Cup Turf hopeful With Anticipation.
Another Saratoga camper, Australian representative Zabenz, upset It's A Giggle and six other Americans in the soggy Turf Writers on Aug. 29. The 5-year-old New Zealand bred aims to continue the world domination forNew Zealand owner Michael Watt and Australian trainer Robert Smerdon. Zabenz was recently relocated from Saratoga to Belmont Park, where he finished sixth in a flat race on Sunday. He will prep for Far Hills by training at the Long Island racetrack, and possibly even having another flat start.
English trainer Venetia Williams added further international flair to the nomination list by submitting Indalo's name. The Irish-bred 7-year-old has won his last four starts, including three this year.
In addition to All Gong, Miller nominated stakes winners Najjm, Pelagos and Turkish Corner to the Breeders' Cup. Voss added spring stakes winner Anofferucantrefuse to the list, while Sheppard also nominated Double Leaf.
Saratoga winner Shamrock Isle, multiple stakes winner Tres Touche, 1998 steeplechase champion Flat Top and allowance winner Feeling So Pretty complete the Breeders' Cup group.
Saturday's Legacy Chase again looks like a key Breeders' Cup tuneup as nominees All Gong, Anoffercantrefuse, Najjm, Pelagos, Quel Senor, Tres Touche and Turkish Corner are part of the 2 3/8-mile stakes. Trebizond, Greek Hero and 2001 Legacy winner Darn Tipalarm complete the field.
The nomination list (with owner and trainer):
All Gong (Calvin Houghland, Bruce Miller).
Anofferucantrefuse (Fox Ridge Farm, Tom Voss).
Double Leaf (Timber Bay Farm, Jonathan Sheppard).
Feeling So Pretty (Lee McKinney, Lee McKinney).
Flat Top (Nancy Gerry, Janet Elliot).
Indalo (R.O.A. Arkle Partnership, Venetia Williams).
It's A Giggle (Bill Pape, Jonathan Sheppard).
Najjm (Gillian Johnston, Bruce Miller).
Pelagos (Michael Hoffman, Bruce Miller).
Quel Senor (Coppertree Farm, Tom Voss).
Shamrock Isle (Edie Dixon, Jack Fisher).
Tres Touche (Contrarian Stable, Ricky Hendriks).
Turkish Corner (Kay Jeffords, Bruce Miller).
Zabenz (Michael Watt, Robert Smerdon).
SHAWAN READY FOR SECOND ACT
After an acclaimed inaugural running last year, Maryland's Shawan Downs returns with an even better racing lineup for 2002. Saturday's meet, in suburban Baltimore, attracted 86 entries for eight races including two stakes and a $15,000 Maryland Million flat race.
The $30,000 Legacy Chase provides the hurdle thrills as seven Breeders' Cup Steeplechase nominees tangle with defending race winner Darn Tipalarm, Greek Hero and Trebizond. The 2 3/8-mile race provides a final Breeders' Cup prep for most of the field.
A similar group turned out last year, and put on a great show. Gray front-runner Darn Tipalarm, who thrives on right-handed courses like Shawan, led at every step and edged All Gong by a neck at the wire for owner Ann Stern and trainer Jack Fisher. Arch Kingsley has the ride aboard the 9-year-old, who will be pressed throughout by a standout group.
All Gong makes his first start since winning the Grade I Iroquois in May. Chip Miller, who rode Darn Tipalarm to victory in 2001, will take the reins for his father/trainer Bruce Miller. Leading trainer Tom Voss brings Quel Senor back from a four-month layoff.
The Millers also team up with Irv Naylor's Make Me A Champ in the $25,000 Ski Roundtop Cup timber stakes. The 2002 Virginia Gold Cup winner makes his fall debut, while trying to stay in the race for the NSA timber championship. Stakes winners Maipo and Young Dubliner are the main rivals.
The day features purse enhancements to Maryland Million eligible horses in all steeplechase races, and a special Maryland Million flat race (with a field of 12).
Post time at Shawan is 1 p.m.
JUMPERS RETURN TO FOXFIELD
Charlottesville, Va. goes back to steeplechasing Sunday for the 25th annual Foxfield Fall Races, a five-race NSA card that gets under way at 1:30 p.m.
Three $10,000 hurdle races and two training flat races highlight the racing. Among the flat entrants are Dogwood Stable maidens Billy Haggard and Gentleman Johnny, plus steeplechase stakes horse McDynamo.
Local owner Sonny Via will be busy, as usual, at Foxfield as Northern Cowboy, Broad Daylight and North Atlantic represent the stable.
Two-time defending champion Tom Voss holds a commanding lead in the NSA trainer standings. Based in Maryland, Voss has won 19 races this year and leads Jonathan Sheppard and Sanna Neilson (12 each). Among the jockeys, two-time defending champion Gus Brown maintains 12-11 lead on David Bentley.
Blythe Miller is third with 10 wins, while Rob Massey and Matt McCarron lurk just off the pace with nine wins each. Among the owners, New Yorker Bill Pape ($176,070) leads Tennessee resident Gillian Johnston ($147,914) and Pennsylvania's Edie Dixon($138,853). Perennial leader Augustin Stable is fourth with $124,637. Among the horses, It's A Giggle still holds a strong lead with $172,620 earned this year. McDynamo ($94,404), Anofferucantrefuse ($87,795), Al Skywalker ($80,895) and Zabenz ($71,260) complete the top five. Full standings are available at www.nationalsteeplechase.com.
NEWS AND NOTES
American Steeplechasing 2001, the NSA's acclaimed hard-cover yearbook, was released from the printer over the summer and is now available. The book includes more than 400 photographs, Daily Racing Form charts of every NSA race, articles on the annual champions, historical records and the cover artwork of Pierre Bellocq. Contact the NSA at (410) 392-0700 to obtain a copy . . . The NSA's eighth annual golf tournament raised $16,000 for the Steeplechase Fund for injured jockeys Aug. 13 at Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. . . .The Jumping Game, a documentary about steeplechasing, was picked up nationally by PBS and has been aired in 25 states. Narrated by actress Bo Derek, the show details the steeplechase life
of owners, trainers, jockeys and horses including race footage, training scenes and interviews. Contact your local PBS station for more information.
2002 RACING DATES
Sept. 28 Shawan Downs; Hunt Valley, MD
Sept. 29 Foxfield Races; Charlottesville, VA
Oct. 5 Tanglewood Races; Clemmons, NC
Oct. 7 Philadelphia Park; Bensalem, PA
Oct. 12 Genesee Valley Hunt Races; Geneseo, NY
Oct. 12 Morven Park Races; Leesburg, VA
Oct. 19 Far Hills Races; Far Hills, NJ
Oct. 19 International Gold Cup Races; The Plains, VA
Oct. 26 Aiken Fall Races; Aiken, SC
Oct. 27 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup; Unionville, PA
Nov. 2 Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens; Pine Mountain, GA
Nov. 2 Montpelier Races; Orange, VA
Nov. 10 Charleston Cup; Charleston, SC
Nov. 17 Colonial Cup Races; Camden, SC
Dec. 8 Calder Race Course; Miami, FL
LATEST GLOBEFORM RATINGS
GLOBEFORM'S TOP 10 – OLDER HORSES 2002
List updated 25 September
131 - STREET CRY (Machiavellian)
128 - SWEPT OVERBOARD (End Sweep)
127 - ORIENTATE (Mt. Livermore)
127 - LEFT BANK (French Deputy)
126 - GRANDERA (Grand Lodge)
125 - CALLER ONE (Phone Trick)
124 - AZERI f + (Jade Hunter)
124 - GOLAN + (Spectrum)
124 - NAYEF (Gulch)
124 - SNOW RIDGE (Tabasco Cat)
124 - ECHO EDDIE ? (Restless Con)
GLOBEFORM'S TOP 10 – 3-YEAR-OLDS 2002
List updated 25 September
130 - HIGH CHAPARRAL + (Sadler's Wells)
127 - HAWK WING + (Woodman)
124 - WAR EMBLEM (Our Emblem)
124 - MEDAGLIA D'ORO (El Prado)
123 - ROCK OF GIBRALTAR + (Danehill)
122 - SULAMANI + (Hernando)
122 - NEXT DESERT + (Desert Style)
122 - KAZZIA f (Zinaad)
121 - GYGISTAR + (Prospector's Music)
121 - QUARTER MOON f (Sadler's Wells)
121 - CAME HOME (Gone West)
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